October 23rd, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) – Authorities from the Anti-Drug Regional Program (PRAD, in Spanish), have found that drug dealers have been stationing themselves outside of elementary and high schools, giving away small doses of their products in an effort to turn students into drug consumers.
According to information obtained by PRAD agents, the drug dealers give students the first few doses, and once the youngsters have an appetite for the drug, they are used to sell the products in their schools in order to support their habit.
Fernando Cordoba, captain of PRAD, also said that the power of the dealers is such, that, “they are more afraid of the dealer that is outside of the school awaiting them, then they are of the authorities or their parents.”
“The student often gets caught in debt with the dealer and ends up (selling the drugs) for minimum money. If they do not comply with the rules of drug sales and distribution, they are threatened and even assaulted, “ said Captain Cordoba.
So far this year, the Fuerza Publica have found 43,768 teenagers in possession of drugs, the majority of them on public streets, and so far this year have confiscated 81,000 grams of marijuana, 91,320 marijuana cigarettes, 45 kilograms of cocaine, 8,990 individual doses of cocaine, and 72,533 doses of crack.
Police operations carried out in schools have also brought seizures of 154 marijuana cigarettes, 3 firearms and 17 sharp weapons, as well as 79 grams of marijuana, 77 doses of crack, and 78 doses of cocaine. Most of the finds have occurred in schools within the San Jose area.
PRAD and the Fuerza Publica visit schools and carry out inspections periodically, and have found drugs in pen caps, hair clips, bracelets, and scores of other objects.